OCT 17, 2017 3:38 PM PDT

5 Common Sugar Myths Debunked

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

As any doctor will testify, too much of anything can be a bad thing, especially for sugar. Too much of sugar over time has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. Despite this, the average American consumes about 32 teaspoons of sugar daily, or nearly 6 to 9 times over the daily recommended amount according to the American Heart Association.

In addition to the aforementioned health risks, can sugar alter our behavior? Does too much sugar make kids hyperactive? What about sugar's addictive powers? Do artificial sweeteners help you lose more weight? There are many myths surrounding sweet indulgences, but what's myth and what's real? Watch the video to find out!
About the Author
I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
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